The Forgotten Middle: Ensuring that All Students Are on Target for College and Career Readiness before High School

The Forgotten Middle:
Ensuring that All Students Are on Target for College and Career Readiness before High School

Research Study: The Forgotten Middle (2014)—ACT data indicate the crucial importance of pre–high school academic achievement on students’ eventual readiness for college and career. The findings indicate that the situation is essentially unchanged from the 2008 report’s results.

The Forgotten Middle: Ensuring that All Students Are on Target for College and Career Readiness before High School (2008)—This report offers recommendations on improving academic achievement and college and career readiness among high school graduates, including:

  • Focusing K–8 standards on the knowledge and skills that are essential for college and career readiness and making these nonnegotiable for all students.
  • Monitoring student progress in becoming ready for college and career and intervening with students who are not on track to become ready, beginning in upper elementary school and continuing through middle school.
  • Improving students’ academically related behaviors.
  • Increasing federal and state support for schools to implement intervention programs that help all students become ready for college and career.

The Forgotten Middle: Executive Summary (2008)—The process of preparing students to make successful transitions from middle school to high school is just as important as the process of preparing them to make successful transitions from high school to postsecondary education.


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